Lancaster III JB709 crashed into the North Sea 10/4-1944.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 12 Sqn Bomber Command and was coded PH-O.
T/O 21:23 Wickenby. OP: Gardening the Baltic Sea.
JB709 is believed shot down by a night fighter piloted by Oberleutnant Berger of
2/NJG 3 at 04:30 hours and crashed into the North Sea south west of Esbjerg with
the loss of all onboard.
Air Gnr. Sgt Henry M. Keates was found washed ashore near Blåvand on 13/4 and
was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 15/4-1944.
The rest of the crew have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede
The were Pilot P/O James A. McLean Ross, Flt. Engr Sgt George E. Polden,
Navigator F/O George Robinson RCAF, Air Bomber F/O William Quanstrom RCAF, W/Op
Sgt Harry Abbott and Air Gnr. P/O John C. Cairns.
( Via Geraldine Chase)
Sources : BE, CWGC, BCL.
On the night of 9/10 April 1944
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